“Contractor to Face Chemical-Spray Claims,” Courthouse News Service
November 03, 2016
A federal judge ruled in favor of 19 Ecuadoreans who claim that a U.S. company sprayed a toxic herbicide on them as part of a campaign to combat Colombian drug cartels.
The 19 Ecuadorean “test” plaintiffs in the case say that DynCorp, which contracted with the U.S. State Department to carry out “Plan Colombia,” sprayed them with glyphosate as part of an effort to eradicate cocaine and heroin poppy drug farms in Colombia.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said the record shows that DynCorp engaged in “a consistent pattern of reckless behavior.”
“Defendants were repeatedly informed that their pilots were spraying chemicals on communities in Ecuador - at the latest, by September 2001- yet continued to carry out spray operations in a manner that deeply troubled Ecuadorian population centers, the United States government, and employees within DynCorp itself,” the 26-page ruling states.